South African coach Pitso Mosimane continued his outstanding start to life as Al Ahly head coach after the Egyptian giants won bronze at the FIFA Club World Cup.
Al Ahly, Champions of Africa, stunned Brazilian side Palmeiras in shootouts in a placement game on Thursday.
Appointed on 30 September 2020 as the head coach of Al Ahly, the former Sundowns gaffer has revived the lost glory at the ‘Club of the Century.’
He won the treble in Egypt, including the CAF Champions League on the 27th of November 2020, after overcoming their rivals Zamalek.
Another Podium Finish For Al Ahly
The FIFA club World Cup format involves seven teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation over a period of about two weeks.
The winners of that year’s AFC Champions League (Asia), CAF Champions League (Africa), CONCACAF Champions League (North America), Copa Libertadores (South America), OFC Champions League (Oceania) and UEFA Champions League (Europe), along with the host nation’s national champions, participate in a straight knock-out tournament.
The side Al Duhail (Qatar) at the first hurdle 1-0.
They later lost 2-0 to European Champions FC Bayern Munich in the semis, leaving TP Mazembe as the only African (CAF) to reach the final of tourney when they lost 3-0 to Inter Milan in 2010.
After a goalless encounter in the third place game, Al Ahly goalkeeper Mohammed El Shanaway kept out two penalties to win bronze for his side.
El Shanaway, who has credited his coach Pitso for his heroics, kept out kicks from Ronielson da Silva Barbosa and Felipe Melo after Luiz Adriano had missed his.
Gustavo Scarpa and Gomez converted their kicks for Palmeiras but their efforts were in vain.
Mohsen Fahmy Marwan and El Soulia fluffed their penalties for Al Ahly before Badr Benoun, Oluwafemi Junior Ajayi and Mohamed Hany made amends.
Al Ahly becomes the first team from Africa to get two podium finishes, after finishing third in 2006 when they beat Mexico’s Club America 2-1.
Bayern Munich beat UANL Tigres 1-0 to win the title thanks to a strike from Benjamin Pavard.